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Questions tagged [bsd]

The license-specific tag for the BSD family of permissive open-source licenses. Use on questions about them; their origins, use, and design.

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If I include some GPL code in my project, can I release it as BSD?

I have scientific software that I would like to release under the BSD 3-clause licence, but it includes some old code that was released under GPL. Can I still package it all and release as BSD?
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Can I take BSD licensed code and distribute it under GPL?

Or in more general terms: Can I take code which is licensed under a permissive open source license (like the BSD license) and distribute it under a copyleft free software license (like the GPL)? ...
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What are the essential differences between the BSD and MIT licences?

There are many articles out there which cover the topic in length and breadth, but so far I haven't found a nice, concise answer to the question. What are the most important differences between the ...
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How to licence a project which includes MIT, BSD, Modified BSD, and New BSD libraries

I've been working on a project for a while, and I'm almost ready to release it, but I've been more concerned with getting it to build than legal considerations, and now I'm not at all sure where I ...
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BSD licenses: What to do with “year” and “copyright holder”?

We develop a desktop application that uses some libraries with BSD-license. BSD licenses got this line: Copyright (c) "year", "copyright holder". Shall one leave it this way or do I have to fill ...
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Derived work of BSD licensed software, how do I indicate this?

I found a javascript module (file), which contains two functions, and I would like to modify it under the terms of its BSD license. I'm happy for the resulting source file to be declared derived work ...
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How is the BSD GPL-compatible?

The BSD license says that derivative works may be distributed under the following conditions: Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Can I combine multiple 2-Clause BSD LICENSE files into one?

Suppose I have a program which uses the BSD 2-Clause license: Copyright (c) 2016 Myself All Rights Reserved [BSD 2-Clause boilerplate here] It happens to use a library, in some foo/ subdirectory ...
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BSD 3-clause: how to update with modifications?

Let's say I start with code that is (c) 2014 Struvious Featherstone and licensed according to the BSD 3-clause license. Now I make some changes for my employer Zippety Duda, Inc. and I want to ...
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Can I distribute a BSD code with GPL v3 binaries?

I found a GPL v3 licensed library, that I can compile for various architectures and use in the code for a BSD licensed project. This means that I probably have to distribute the binaries with it. ...
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Do you need to contact the author to use a BSD-licensed software?

If a company wants to use an application that is distributed under the BSD license with this text below. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted ...
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Clarification of BSD's second clause - binary must reproduce copyright notice?

The second clause of the BSD licences: Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or ...